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The Convict Theatres of Early Australia, 1788-1840

ISBN13: 9781902806259
ISBN: 1902806255
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $69.95
Publisher: University Of Hertfordshire Press
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Pages: 384
Average Goodreads rating: 4.50/5 (2 ratings)

The shadow figures who created the continent's earliest Western entertainment are brought to life in this study of convict theatre in Australia. Analyzed are the impact of the convicts' tastes and origins on the theatres and the temperaments of powerful individuals, and the shifting views of penal servitude. As the centers of power changed, the theatres quickly became fields in which battles for supremacy were fought between convicts and authority and between friends and enemies of the participants. Biographies of the 42 convicts and soliders known to have been active in the theatres before 1800 are provided in an appendix.